Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Wastes
Attention News Editors: April 4, 2008
OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (the CNSC) today released for public comment two documents - the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) guidelines and the draft Joint Review Panel (JRP) agreement - related to the Ontario Power Generation proposed Deep Geologic Repository Project to store low and intermediate-level radioactive waste in the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.
The draft EIS guidelines identify the information needed to examine the potential environmental effects of the proposed project, as well as its requirements for a licence to prepare a site and for construction. After considering public comments, the EIS guidelines will be finalized and provided to Ontario Power Generation.
The JRP agreement deals with the establishment of a panel to perform an assessment of the project's environmental impact and of the application for a licence to prepare a site and for subsequent construction - the first of several licences required by the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and its regulations. It includes procedures for appointing the JRP members, the
proposed terms of reference (i.e. responsibilities), and process for conducting the review. After taking comments into consideration, the draft agreement will be finalized and the panel will be appointed to review the project.
The two documents are available at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry number 06-05-17520), atwww.nuclearsafety.gc.ca or from the contact mentioned below.
Written comments, in either English or French, on the draft documents must be received no later than June 18, 2008, and be sent to:
Deep Geologic Repository Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, Place Bell Canada Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H3
To register as an interested party and to be kept informed of activities relating to the panel-review process, provide a full mailing address, an e-mail address or a fax number, to the above contact.
A public information session will be held in the area near the project by the Agency and the CNSC in order to give the public the opportunity to learn more about the draft EIS guidelines and JRP agreement for this project. The date and location of this public information session will be posted atwww.ceaa.gc.ca and www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca in the near future.
Background about the Project:
The project is a proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to prepare a site, and construct and operate a deep-geologic disposal facility on the Bruce Nuclear Site, within the municipality of Kincardine. The Deep Geologic Repository would be designed to manage low and intermediate-level radioactive wastes, produced from the continued operation of OPG-owned nuclear generating stations at Bruce, Pickering and Darlington, Ontario. Low-level waste consists of industrial items that have become contaminated with low levels of radioactivity, during routine clean-up and maintenance activities at nuclear generating stations. Intermediate-level radioactive waste consists primarily of used nuclear reactor components - such as the ion-exchange resins and filters used to purify reactor water systems.
As a pre-requisite to licensing a new deep-geological repository, an environmental assessment (EA) under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act must be conducted before any licensing decision can be made. On June 29, 2007, the Honourable John Baird, federal Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Agency, announced the referral of the project to a review panel.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
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The Government of Canada today released documents related to the environmental assessment and licensing of the proposed Deep Geologic Repository to store low and intermediate-level radioactive waste in Kincardine, Ontario. Comments on the documents must be received prior to June 18, 2008. For more information, visitwww.ceaa.gc.ca .
For further information: Media may contact: Environmental Assessment Process: Nicholas Girard, Senior Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0958; Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Licensing Process: Aurèle Gervais, Media and Community Relations, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, (613) 996-6860;www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca
Comments are invited on Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and Joint Panel Agreement